View of the mountains in Taormina, Sicily from the balcony of Atlantis Bay resort.

Taormina, Sicily: Everything You Need to Know

Are you prepared to find a secret paradise in Italy? Taormina, Sicily is a dream location for discovering Italian culture and cuisine because of its breathtaking Mount Etna views and quaint cobblestone alleyways. Taormina offers both family-friendly and romantic getaways, so there’s something for everyone. This article will give you a thorough overview of Taormina. You’ll discover the top sights to see in the area and how to make the most of your time in this enchanting Medieval city. So let’s get started and discover the beauty of Sicily.

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How to get to Taormina, Sicily?

Taormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily. The nearest airport is Catania Airport (CTA). From there, you can take a private taxi to Taormina (about 45 min away) or the train. We paid 80€ for our transfer from the airport to our hotel.

Where to stay in Taormina, Sicily?

Located on the northeast coast of the beautiful Italian island of Sicily, Atlantis Bay Taormina offers a luxurious getaway with stunning views of the Mediterranean. This paradise is brimming with up-to-date comforts and activities like swimming pools, spas, and water sports that will no doubt make your vacation fantasies come true. There is something to satisfy every preference, whether you like to unwind on the beach or explore the neighboring sights. Indulge in a delectable dinner at one of the many restaurants or go on a luxurious shopping spree at the neighborhood boutiques. Atlantis Bay Taormina is the ideal location for your upcoming luxury vacation because of its unmatched temperature, first-rate service, and stunning scenery.

pool and sea view from the balcony at atlantis bay in taormina, sicily
Brittney Naylor enjoying the lounge chairs by the sea at Atlantis Bay in Taormina, Sicily

Things to do in Taormina, Sicily

While, it was rainy for most of our stay and we weren’t able to do many of these things, I still wanted to share all that Taormina has to offer. Whether you’re looking for some outdoor adventure or interested in unraveling the town’s rich history, Taormina has something for everyone. Pack your bags, grab your snorkeling gear, and join me as we unravel Taormina’s secrets.

View of downtown Taormina, Sicily

Mt. Etna

Discover Mount Etna’s natural splendors, one of Sicily’s most recognizable sights. This active volcano’s summit rises over 10,000 feet above sea level and provides stunning views of the surroundings. There are several ways to discover Mount Etna’s rugged landscape, whether you choose to hike or go on an excursion. You’ll come across unusual flora and animals, volcanic caves, and old lava fields that provide a window into the island’s fiery past as you travel.

If you’re feeling adventurous, consider taking a Jeep tour to the summit, where you can take in the sweeping views of the Ionian Sea and the Calabrian coastline. And for the truly daring, there are even opportunities to explore the volcano’s craters and lava tunnels with a guide.

After a day of exploring Mount Etna’s natural wonders, head back to Taormina to discover the ancient ruins that dot the town’s landscape. From the impressive Greek Theater to the charming medieval streets, there’s no shortage of historical sites to explore in this charming Sicilian town. So pack your camera and get ready for a day of adventure!

View of Mt Etna in Sicily from airplane

Explore Taormina’s Ancient Ruins

Why not travel back in time and discover Taormina’s historic ruins after spending the day discovering Mount Etna’s natural wonders? There are several historical sites in this charming Sicilian town that provide a look into its rich past.

The Greek Theater, which was built in the third century BC, is one of the must-see attractions in Taormina. With incredible views of the Ionian Sea, this extraordinary amphitheater is carved out of the mountainside. Even though the theater is no longer utilized for shows, tourists still flock there to enjoy the panoramic views and take photos.

Another spot to visit is the Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano, a medieval palace that houses a small museum. Here, you can admire artifacts from Taormina’s history, including archaeological finds and artwork. The palace itself is also a marvel, with its ornate architecture and picturesque courtyard.

As you wander through the town’s charming streets, be sure to take note of the various ruins that are scattered about. From ancient walls and arches to crumbling buildings, these remnants of Taormina’s past add to the town’s rustic charm.

Brittney Naylor holding umbrella, standing in front of old building in Taormina, Sicily

Godfather Tour

It’s impossible to help but think of the classic movie “The Godfather” as you explore Taormina’s beauty and wonder. Several important moments in the movie were set amid the backdrop of the town’s cobblestone streets and old-world beauty. The “Godfather Tour,” which takes you to some of the most iconic places from the movie, is something that movie fans won’t want to miss.

You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped straight into the movie from Bar Vitelli, where Michael Corleone requested Apollonia’s father for her hand in marriage, to the Church of Sant’Agostino, where Michael and Apollonia were married. Forza D’Agro, the hilltop village where young Vito Andolini (after known as Vito Corleone) grew up, is also included in the tour.

After you’re done reliving the movie’s most iconic scenes, you can head over to Taormina’s many boutiques and specialty shops for some unique souvenirs. From locally-made ceramics and jewelry to handcrafted leather goods and gourmet treats, you’re sure to find something special to take home.


Shopping in Taormina

This charming town has a variety of specialty shops and boutiques that offer unique souvenirs and gifts.

Locally produced ceramics are among the most sought-after souvenirs from Taormina. There are numerous hand-painted and exquisitely made plates, bowls, vases, and other decorative pieces available that perfectly represent Sicilian artistry.

Visit one of the town’s many jewelry stores if you want something more wearable. There is something for every taste and budget, from delicate gold pieces with exquisite stones to bold statement pieces using vibrant glass beads.

Leather products are also another must-have in Taormina. Given the high caliber of Italian leather, there are many handcrafted items that are fashionable and long lasting, including wallets, belts, shoes, and purses. Numerous leather businesses also provide customization options, enabling you to have a personalized item manufactured.

Finally, don’t leave Taormina without trying some of the local gourmet treats. The town’s specialty food shops offer a range of products, from sweet almond pastries to savory olive tapenades and sun-dried tomatoes. You can also pick up a bottle of locally-produced wine or olive oil to savor the flavors of Sicily at home.


While Taormina is renowned for its stunning natural scenery and extensive history, it also has some of the Mediterranean’s purest seas. The coastline of Taormina provides plenty of chances for snorkeling enthusiasts to explore the underwater world, from the sandy beaches of Mazzarro to the jagged cliffs of Isola Bella.

The small island of Isola Bella, which is connected to the mainland by a short sliver of sand, is one of the greatest places to snorkel in Taormina. The island is a well-liked vacation spot for both locals and tourists since the surrounding seas are crystal clear and home to a variety of colorful fish and marine life. Head to the beaches of Mazzaro or Spisone for a more private experience to find secret caverns, rock formations, and underwater gardens.

The beaches in Taormina include activities for both experienced and amateur snorkelers. You will enjoy a fantastic time discovering the hidden treasures of Taormina’s shoreline thanks to the area’s tranquil waters and diverse marine life. However, remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen since you’ll want to spend the entire day in the ocean with everything there is to see and do.

Places to eat at in Taormina, Sicily

There are many different restaurants in Taormina, which is a gourmet paradise. This little city offers a wide variety of delicious dining options, from casual trattoria to Michelin-starred luxury restaurants. Nearly every restaurant serves traditional Sicilian cuisine, which is characterized by fresh fish, regional ingredients, and regional flavors. Try a restaurant outside on the terrace of the old castle walls for a memorable experience, or savor a meal of regional specialties at one of the numerous little cafes. Every palate may be satisfied because there are so many different restaurants.

Villa Zuccaro Pizzeria

Villa Zuccaro Pizzeria provides a one-of-a-kind eating experience. The restaurant features a wood-burning brick oven, as well as, an extensive menu of classic Italian tapas, wines, and cocktails. As you have lunch or dinner, enjoy the wonderful cuisine of Sicily and the stunning views of the Taormina coastline.

Ristorante Al Saraceno

This restaurant provides an amazing dining experience in a serene location with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, Mt. Etna, and the surrounding environment. The menu combines traditional Italian cuisine with innovative Mediterranean dishes made with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. This luxury restaurant’s ambient atmosphere provides an ideal break from the city’s hectic hustle and bustle. Ristorante Al Saraceno’s attentive and friendly staff strives to make your stay as delightful and memorable as possible.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to enjoy the incredible views due to rain and fog. But I can promise the food is delicious!

Da Giovanni

Taking inspiration from the past is one of the secrets to generating distinctive and memorable content. This is exactly what Giovanni, an Italian chef, has done with his restaurant in Taormina. Giovanni has given traditional Sicilian food a new spin by combining historic family recipes with contemporary cooking trends. His love of local products and traditional meals has earned him the respect of both residents and tourists. Ristorante da Giovanni was granted a Michelin star in 2020 for his devotion to employing the freshest, best quality ingredients and for his dedication to preserving the flavors of Sicily.

Dining experience at Ristorante da Giovanni in Taormina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily: Conclusion

In conclusion, Taormina is a true gem on the east coast of Sicily, full of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. From snorkeling in crystal clear waters to exploring the natural wonders of Mount Etna, there’s no shortage of adventure or history to be found. And let’s not forget the ancient ruins and famous Godfather filming locations. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip now and experience the best of Taormina. As they like to say, “come for the views, stay for the adventure.”

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The Comments

  • Beth
    May 10, 2023

    Taormina looks like such an amazing city! I love the architecture and the culture. And don’t even get me started on that food!

    • Brittney
      → Beth
      May 10, 2023

      Yes, Taormina and Sicily in general is so great. While it rained during most of our stay and prevented us from snorkeling, we were able to enjoy the food and relax at our amazing hotel, Atlantis Bay.

  • Brianne
    May 10, 2023

    We’re talking about taking a trip to Sicily, and I think Taormina needs to be on that trip! It looks wonderful.

    • Brittney
      → Brianne
      May 10, 2023

      There are so many great towns in Sicily! We loved that our hotel had its own beach and pool. We definitely plan to go back and hopefully the rain will stay away so we can enjoy more outdoor activities!

  • Sienna
    May 10, 2023

    OMG! You’re awakening the travel bug inside me! I so want to go! Everything looks amazing! The water, the cute little streets, THE FOOD! Seriously can I join you next time?!?!

    • Brittney
      → Sienna
      May 10, 2023

      I’m back home now and already ready to travel again! Italy was absolutely incredible.

  • Cinny
    May 10, 2023

    That looks like such a beautiful area to visit. I’d love to check out some of those areas.

    • Brittney
      → Cinny
      May 10, 2023

      Taormina is definitely a must see in Italy.

  • Jennifer
    May 10, 2023

    Can I just say that I’m SO glad to not see any pics of you in athleisure, lol. I’m heading to Italy in June, and I keep watching style videos about how to spot tourists. You look like you fit in perfectly in Sicily!

    • Brittney
      → Jennifer
      May 11, 2023

      Aw, thank you! I leave the athleisure for travel days!

  • Stephanie
    May 11, 2023

    Reading through this article I felt I was with you in Taormina Sicily! We like a bit of luxury and a bit of adventure and history on our trips so this sounds perfect. Adding Taormina to our ‘would love to travel to’ list!

    May 11, 2023

    Wow, Taormina in Sicily sounds like an amazing place to visit! I love exploring new cultures and trying out different cuisines, so this sounds like the perfect destination for me. The views of Mount Etna and the cobblestone streets sound absolutely breathtaking. I’m excited to learn more about the ancient Greek ruins and experience the eclectic nightlife. Thank you for sharing this comprehensive guide to Taormina, I can’t wait to plan my trip!

  • Ntensibe Edgar
    May 11, 2023

    Thank you for showing us this side of Sicily, mama! It is so beautiful from here. I would love to visit all those places with the good food and hit the beach, too.

  • Monidipa
    May 11, 2023

    Sicily is love to me. I share great memories from that place. And truly I must say that the details provided are truly comprehensive and gave me a great insight into the destination’s culture, history, and attractions. I appreciate the effort put into creating such a valuable resource.

  • Heather
    May 11, 2023

    I have always wanted to visit Sicily since I was a child. It’s so beautiful, and there is so much history there.

  • Neely
    May 11, 2023

    What a stunning place to visit full of rich history!

  • myyellowapron
    May 11, 2023

    Going to Southern Italy end of May. I love everything about Italy and just can’t wait

  • Marysa
    May 11, 2023

    I would love visiting Sicily. I love the variety of things to do there, from the beaches to the cities, lots of great history, culture, and food!

  • Fransic
    May 12, 2023

    This is interesting, first time to know about this and it look so pretty and worth a visit. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sangeetha
    May 15, 2023

    The picturesque views of Mount Etna and the enchanting cobblestone streets make it sound like a true hidden paradise. I appreciate the comprehensive overview of the city, from its ancient Greek ruins to its vibrant nightlife. It’s great to have all the essential information in one place to help plan a memorable trip. Thank you for highlighting the beauty and allure of Taormina—I can’t wait to experience it for myself!

  • Charlie
    May 22, 2023

    Taormina looks so quaint and pretty! Mount Etna has just gone to the top of my bucket list!

    • Brittney
      → Charlie
      May 22, 2023

      Mount Etna actually just erupted over the weekend!